Quotations From MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO


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  • No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman orator, philosopher. De Senectute, ch. 7, sct. 24 (44 B.C.).
  • Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, I, 129.

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  • The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, III, 200.
  • I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator and philosopher. De Oratore, bk. 3, sct. 142 (55 B.C.).
  • For a tear is quickly dried, especially when shed for the misfortunes of others.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De partitione oratoria, 57.
  • The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one, and to give everyone else his due.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Institutiones, I, 3.
  • Freedom is a man's natural power of doing what he pleases, so far as he is not prevented by force or law.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Institutiones, III, 1.

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  • Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. IV, 8, 4.
  • Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives every man his due.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. Institutiones, I, 1.

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  • For a courageous man cannot die dishonorably, a man who has attained the consulship cannot die before his time, a philosopher cannot die wretchedly.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. IV, 3.

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